CFP: W. D. Howells Sessions at ALA (Deadline 1.31.15)

Call For Papers: William Dean Howells Society Panels for ALA May, 2015

The William Dean Howells Society wel- comes submissions for two panels at the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston in May 2015.

Panel 1: A Radical Howells

We are seeking papers on the political di- mensions of William Dean Howells’ work. We are especially interested in accounts of Howells as a writer engaged with the radical ideas of his day, and we welcome fresh discussions of his lesser- known works under this rubric. Topics may in- clude the democracy of Howellsian realism, his defense of the Haymarket anarchists, his encoun- ters with Tolstoy – including the Russian’s em- brace of nonviolence and economic equality—late 19th century socialism, his views on women’s suf- frage, his membership in the NAACP, his social novels of the 1890s, and his anti-imperialism.

Panel 2: Open Topic

We are looking for insightful, original papers that address any aspect of Howells’s work.
Please submit your 200-250 word abstract and a current CV (or any questions) to Dan Mrozowski at

daniel.mrozowski @

by January 31, 2015.


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